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Blue sucker

(Cycleptus elongatus)

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Description

Color is variable,from light steel-gray to almost jet black in the spring.The fish is streamlined,with an inferior mouth and a small/slender head that tapers to a fleshy snout.The mouth location allows the fish to feed off the bottom of its habitat.The body of this fish is elongated and slightly compressed.[3] It has a long falcate dorsal fin which is elevated anterior with 24-35 rays.It has a long caudal peduncle and a forked caudal fin.The anal fin contains 7-8 rays on average.The scales are large and contain 55-58 along the lateral line.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Actinopterygii
Order:Cypriniformes
Family:Catostomidae
Genus:Cycleptus
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